Redskins offense slams into wall

Redskins offense slams into wall
December 4, 2011, 11:28 pm
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After the past two weeks, there had been talk about the Redskins offense having turned the corner. They scored 24 points against Dallas and 23 in Seattle and appeared to be generally competent on offense. They started off well on Sunday against the Jets. For the second week in a row, the Redskins scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game. The next time they had the ball they moved smartly down the field and scored a field goal. After 18 and a half minutes of play, they had 133 yards of offense and 10 points. After turning that corner and then seemingly hitting the accelerator, the Washington offense seemed to hit a brick wall. For the rest of the game, the remaining 41 and a half minutes, the Redskins scored six points. Between those first two drives and their last two possessions, which started after the Jets had essentially put away the game by taking a 27-16 lead with 3:42 left, the Redskins gained 99 yards. The Jets walked out of FedEx Field with a 34-19 win. The Redskins walked away wondering what had happened to their offensive revival. Mike Shanahan had one technical explanation for the sudden departure of the offense after those two first drives. Well, number one, they played us a little more man-to-man coverage after the two drives, he said. They played a little more zone in the first quarter. He also had some of the usual litany of excuses. Combination of just kind of losing your plays a little bit and not being able to finish, he said. Its hard to put it to just one person. Rex Grossman didnt have much to say about it either. I really dont have an answer for you, he said. Its a clich but I dont know, we got stuck there in the second half and werent able to have the same production. It appears that as Rex goes, so goes the offense. Grossman completed 69.8 percent of his passes against the Cowboys and Seahawks. Against the Jets he was 19 for 46, a 41.3 completion percentage. Rookie Roy Helu gained 100 yards rushing for the second straight game but, like the rest of the offense, his productivity was greater during those first two drives. He had 60 yards in the first two possessions and just 40 the rest of the way. At least Helu was productive for some of the game. Jabar Gaffney, who was second on the team with 665 receiving yards coming into the game did not catch a single pass. According to the official stats he was targeted three times but with Grossmans passes being inaccurate much of the day it was hard to tell. I thought we were very average collectively on offense, Shanahan said. Actually, the Redskins were about average against the Cowboys and Seahawks. Todays offensive production was at a decidedly lower level and considerable improvement will be needed to get back to mediocrity.